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    Syria conflict: UN in record humanitarian…

    Syria conflict: UN in record humanitarian aid appeal BBC 8 December 2014 The UN says it will need a record $16bn (£10.5bn; 13.3bn euros) to fund its humanitarian operations next year, with almost half

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    In South Sudan, more violence…

    In South Sudan, more violence to come By Editorial Board, The Washington Post 7 December 2014 SOUTH SUDAN appears to teetering — again — at the edge of an abyss. Since a power struggle between President

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    Qaeda Group in Yemen Threatens…

    Qaeda Group in Yemen Threatens to Kill American Journalist by End of This Week By Kareem Fahim and Rukmini Callimachi, The New York Times 4 December 2014 Seething over an attempt last month by United

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    U.S. options in Syria shrivel…

    U.S. options in Syria shrivel as Islamists and Assad regime make gains By Time Lister, CNN 4 December 2014 The fortunes of potential U.S. allies among Syrian rebel groups are ebbing fast as hardline Salafist

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    US troops in Iraq will get immunity…

    US troops in Iraq will get immunity from prosecution, bolstering fight with Isis By The Guardian 4 December 2014 The US has reached an agreement with Iraq on privileges and immunities for the growing

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    Examining a Rare Nerve-Agent Shell…

    Examining a Rare Nerve-Agent Shell That Wounded American Troops in Iraq By C.J. Chivers and John Ismay, The New York Times 4 December 2014 The attack began like many others. Early on May 15, 2004, an

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